Rescue ship will be sent to meet the fire damaged Antarctic supply ship with 109 on board to avoid bad weather after it went up in flames
- The support ship will be sent to an appointment with a damaged Antarctic supply ship
- The engine room on the port side of the Everest MPV was engulfed by flames on Monday afternoon
- The chartered vessel sails to Fremantle in Western Australia, the nearest port
A support ship will be sent to meet with Australia’s fire-damaged Antarctic supply ship trying to evade bad weather at sea.
The engine room on the port side of the Everest MPV was engulfed by flames on Monday afternoon during the return journey after stops at research stations in the east of the frozen continent.
The chartered vessel sails to Fremantle in Western Australia, the nearest port, and the Australian Antarctic Division decides to send a support vessel to the vessel.
The engine room on the port side of the Everest MPV was engulfed by flames on Monday afternoon during the return journey after stops at research stations in Antarctica.
Damage caused by a fire in the engine room on the port side of the MPV Everest, Australia’s Antarctica’s chartered supply ship
“Everest is not in need, but we think it would be wise to send an additional ship,” AAD operations manager Charlton Clark told reporters on Thursday.
‘They have experienced a very stressful situation for the people on board.
“Having a ship on the horizon will hopefully give them some reassurance that they are getting closer to home and that there is some help if needed.”
None of the 109 people on board, including 72 expedition members, were injured in the fire that destroyed two six-meter inflatable boats on deck.
The vessel is sailing about 10 knots, two below its usual cruising speed, and is expected to reach Fremantle by the middle of next week.
Mr. Clark said the ship is taking a more northerly route to avoid any incoming weather in the region.
‘The Southern Ocean is always a challenging environment to operate in. He sees great seas and strong winds, ”he said.
It will take several days for a support vessel to arrive, and two boats are currently being assessed in Western Australia for their capabilities.
Australia’s Antarctic Division plans to send a support ship to meet the fire-damaged Antarctic supply ship that is near bad weather at sea
MPV Everest, was in the middle of the Southern Ocean, four days after a two-week voyage, when the ship’s engine room caught fire on the port side at around 2:00 PM on Monday.
A maintenance issue with Everest’s starboard generator, which provides propulsion, was resolved on Wednesday.
The generator was shut down for an hour, after which the ship continued under its own power.
Mr. Clark revealed that there had been a small fire in Everest’s battery storage room in February, which was extinguished with hand extinguishers.
He said the crew responded “very well” to this week’s fire, which is being investigated by the ship’s owners and regulatory authorities.
Everest was chartered this summer as Australia’s Antarctic supply ship after construction delays and testing of the $ 529 million new icebreaker RSV Nuyina.
It will take several days for a support vessel to arrive, and two boats are currently under assessment in Western Australia for their capabilities